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To Market, To Market

The farmers' market seems like a quaint idea, but did you know there are some great benefits from shopping at your local farmers' market?

Financially, both you and the farmer benefit. The farmer reaps all the profit and you generally pay less than you would at the supermarket. Health wise, you get more information about your food than you would in the grocery store produce aisle.

To me, the most appealing idea is that I can talk to the farmer directly and learn more about the food I’m eating. So when buying milk, I ask, "Where is your farm?", "Do your cows graze freely?", "Do you believe in adding hormones?", "Is your farm organic?" and so on. Growers tend to be very passionate about their food and are happy to answer, whereas the CEO of Dole might not be so inclined to share that information.

Many Europeans shop mostly at their local farmers' markets and find it strange that Americans rely so heavily on supermarkets. Maybe you don't want to know that much about your food, but maybe you do. If you do, head to your local farmers' market. It will be worth the trip.

Fit's Tip: Most farmers' markets only take cash, so be sure to stop at the ATM before going.

BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
I love farmers markets. Very good idea, FitSugar. Thanks. :)
JennaV JennaV 10 years
*cue twilight zone music*
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
lol well I do think I mentioned that we have been pretty tired here lately on another blog ;) I was gonna leave but I seriously have no clue where he went! lol I went to check the fax and he dissappeared -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Mike is randy, huh? :evil: Bye Tox! :wave:
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
In South Carolina a guy sold boiled peanuts in the first major intersection from our home..his peanuts were good but on every sign he had misspelled "specialty".. at least he consistently misspelled it :) Harris Teeter was expensive.. I miss Food Lion and Piggly Wiggly.. and Kroger in Texas. Now I am adjusting to Basha's and Fry's Marketplace Luckily Super Wal-Marts/ Costco's and/or Sam's appear to be everywhere
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Girl you will miss Publix. I miss it sooo bad -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
:evil: t0x! Bye!! :wave:
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
HAHA Mike is here to pick me up. Hes getting ideas bc Im the only one in the office. Some one help me look out ;) -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I don't think we have those here...? Just Food Lion and Harris Teeter I think.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Oh, how I am going to miss Publix when I move up to Ohio. *tear*
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
lol Jen I kno! Jenna it must be bc they dont even sell the canned kind out here. I mean come on Publix Winn Dixie they all have canned boiled peanuts! Nope not here lol -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Well, you know what commissary produce is like. :sick: Yay for farmer's markets! LOL
JennaV JennaV 10 years
LOL! Boiled peanuts is a TOTAL Georgia thing ;)
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I loved goind esp to get freshly boiled peanuts. But do yall know that no one has even heard of freaking boiled peanuts where I am! Not even the biggest farmers market we have "Toms Farms" it sucks but I love fresh fruit! -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Yes, t0x, we have a farmer's market here that is in its own building. Its awesome to have it every day!! I miss the weekend, almost fair-like feeling of the ones in Oregon. But, its really handy to have it open every day.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Tox.....they have one of those in Decatur! I have not been in years and years but they have THE best stuff!
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Oh you flatter me ! lol Back home we had a huge one that would open up on the weekends it really looked like an old loading dock for a company along with a warehouse... All the "farmers" would bring in there stuff and it would smell so good melons fruits veggies the best.. We also had Fat Boys and Po Boys farmers markets lol ahh the south -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Tox.....I am STALKING you :evil: We have a Whole Foods/Harry's about 10 minutes away. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that place.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
I can never find a decent one -------------------- Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I LOVE farmer markets. You can get some great things there besides veggies. Im going to mine in a couple of weeks
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